This week has seen new games rolled out by Playtech, Yggdrasil, iSoftBet, Microgaming, Fantasma Games, Realistic Games, Pariplay, Ezugi, OneTouch and Booming Games, as well as platform integrations for Red Rake Gaming, Playson and Hacksaw Gaming.
Playtech’s Space Digger
Playtech has launched a new intergalactic-themed slot game with a built-in Game Modifier feature to customise play for selected players.
Space Digger was developed by Playtech’s Origins studio and features an unlockable special feature which licensees can choose to offer to selected player clusters, or individual players.
The game features a stacked wild symbol that can stand in for any other symbol, except the bonus symbol, to create the best possible winning combination. Using the Game Modifier, licensees can offer players an additional stacked wild during the Free Spins bonus round for even greater win potential.
Utilising Playtech’s Engagement 360 tool, licensees can also deliver modifier campaigns at key points in the player journey, including via in-game messaging.
Space Digger is the first in a planned series of games developed specifically with this technology, and follows a successful pilot with the highly popular Justice League slot late last year.
“Playtech’s core objective is to lead the way on innovation in the gambling industry, from both a technological and marketing perspective,” said Playtech director of casino James Frendo. “Game Modifiers are a unique proposition in the current market, offering our licensees an easy and effective way to differentiate their offering and boost player engagement.
“Several of our customers have already run very successful Game Modifiers campaigns with Justice League, so we’re confident they will welcome the chance to do so again using our first game purpose-built for this feature, with more to come later this year. With an improved RTP on offer via the modifier, Space Digger presents a truly compelling proposition as a marketing tool and for players looking for something extra.”
Yggdrasil’s Trolls Bridge 2
Yggdrasil has released a feature-packed slot sequel to its successful Trolls Bridge slot game.
Created exclusively for Betsson Group, the base game for Trolls Bridge 2 sees three scatters drop the drawbridge and reveal the Pick & Click gate, which opens onto the Free Spins dungeon.
Other features include the Bonus Cauldron that can drop at any moment, bringing Free Spins or coins. When a Flaming Boulder is flung at the reels, multiplier rewards of up to five times are awarded. Players may also encounter a Colossal Troll which breaks through two reels.
“Trolls Bridge was remarkably successful for Betsson, and later across our entire network, with tons of features and a theme that really resonated with players,” said Yggdrasil senior product strategist Jonas Strandman. “It came about with a combination of Betsson’s top-notch ideas and Yggdrasil's tight execution. The collaboration for Trolls Bridge 2 was no different – and the result is nothing short of mind-blowing.”
Microgaming’s Sherlock of London
Microgaming has released Sherlock of London, the latest online slot to be developed exclusively by game studio Rabcat.
The five-by-three reel, 25-payline slot takes players through the sinister smog of old London, with the legendary sleuth and his trusty companion Watson hot on the trail of big wins.
Pursuing the city’s most wanted across the metropolis, the daring duo are ably assisted in the base game by a line-up of connecting wilds, double wins and bonus spins.
Landing more than one wild symbol on the reels will connect all wild symbols together and transform all other symbols on the path into connecting wilds. Should two wilds appear adjacently, they will merge to activate the double win feature, causing all line wins from that spin to be doubled.
Holmes and Watson up the ante in the game’s free spins bonus round, appearing as expanding wilds and extra wilds. An initial 10 free spins are awarded by landing three or more scatter symbols in the base game.
“Sherlock of London provides a slot experience with wild features that heighten the action in both the base game and free spins,” said Microgaming director of global operations James Buchanan. “The mysterious atmosphere and thrilling adventures are well represented here, with excellent artwork and an evocative soundtrack.”
Rabcat CEO Thomas Schleischitz commented: “We are delighted to bring Sherlock of London to Microgaming’s award-winning portfolio. Our team have had a brilliant time pulling together the murky, fog-filled world of criminal rogues and sleuthing geniuses, and we are confident that players will have as much fun exploring the game as we’ve had creating it.”
Ezugi’s Andar Bahar
Evolution Gaming-owned Ezugi is enhancing its offering with the upcoming launch of popular Indian card game Andar Bahar.
Andar Bahar sees the dealer produce the first card as a Joker and then deal a single card to each side of the table (Andar and Bahar) until a card with the same value is drawn on one of the sides.
The opening player for the round is able to place a bet on whether the Joker card will land on Andar or on Bahar side first, where only the card value is important. Once a card with the same value as a Joker card is drawn on Andar or on Bahar the round will conclude.
The game also includes a side bet feature where players have the chance to predict how many cards will be dealt in a round until the Joker hits Andar or Bahar. In-play graphics display statistics on Andar or Bahar results from 100 previous rounds to better inform player decisions.
“Andar Bahar is incredibly popular among the meteoric Indian market and we’re sure that will be shared around the globe,” said Ezugi head of games Lionel Dardic. “Our state-of-the-art live studio delivers an unrivalled immersive experience for players, who will also be able to enjoy a modern twist through our side bet feature.”
Realistic Games’ Funky Spin
Realistic Games has released its first ever progressive jackpot game with the launch of Funky Spin.
The three-reel, five-win line game offers three different progressive pots – Gold, Silver and Bronze - across every stake level, giving the player a choice of 24 pots to play for in a twist on the standard progressive format.
“We’re delighted to release Funky Spin as our very first progressive slot, and are confident it’s going to get everyone in the groove,” said Realistic Games commercial director Robert Lee. “The rapid-fire jackpot wins and different pot sizes on offer are perfect for today’s player and we feel it will really resonate with a wide spectrum of both operators and customers.”
Red Rake Gaming
Red Rake Gaming has expanded its presence in Portugal with a new supply deal with operator Casino Portugal.
The agreement includes the supplier’s Super 12 Stars, Mystic Mirror, The Asp of Cleopatra, and Knights slot games.
“Our partnership with Casino Portugal is an exciting and important collaboration as this will continue to expand our reach in the Portuguese market where we have seen some very encouraging results from our games,” said Nick Barr, managing director for Red Rake’s Malta operations. “We look forward to working closely with Casino Portugal and confident this will be a fruitful partnership for both companies."
Casino Portugal co-CEO Antonio Laranjo added: “Casino Portugal is consolidating its offer with recognized suppliers in the industry and Red Rake´s portfolio is aligned with our goal of giving players access to some of the most innovative games around.”
Playson has signed a deal to provide its casino content to Nordic-facing operator SuprNation.
The supplier will integrate a range of its slot games with the operator, which owns the Duelz.com, VoodooDreams.com and NYspins.com brands. This includes Vikings Fortune: Hold and Win, Sakura Dragon and upcoming Solar Queen, as well as its popular Timeless Fruit Slots portfolio.
“We’ve been hugely impressed by the work SuprNation have done over the years, and we’re delighted to have signed a partnership with the company,” said Playson business development manager Lars Kollind. “Playson is always looking to enter into new markets and this deal helps us to extend our reach further across northern Europe.”
SuprNation head of casino Rasmus Hammar added: “Playson has since inception earned the reputation for producing high quality content and demonstrated that they are here to stay.
“We’re very thrilled to offer our customers easy access to some of the most innovative games on the market and look forward to a successful future partnership with Playson.”
In related news, Playson has signed deal to launch its games with Italian gaming operator E-Play24.
The supplier will proviee its top performing games to the Italian market, including Book of Gold: Double Chance, Mighty Africa: 4096 ways, Vikings Fortune: Hold and Win, and its Timeless Fruit Slots portfolio.
“This partnership is a strategic one, and I was personally involved in the negotiation process,” said Playson managing director Ivan Farrugia. “We are delighted to work with such a forward-looking company as E-Play24. It opens new opportunities for Playson in the Italian market.”
Fantasma Games has released its latest online slot game, Flower Fortunes – Megaways, for the wider market following a successful exclusivity period with operator LeoVegas.
The slot is now live on Microgaming’s platform and is the first to be developed by Stockholm-based studio Fantasma Games to integrate Big Time Gaming’s random reel modifier mechanic.
Set in a mystical land in a hidden valley, Flower Fortunes - Megaways also features Fantasma’s own unique reel matrix that expands from a 6x5 format up to a 6x9 format as the Flower Spirits’ energy levels rise during gameplay.
“Flower Fortunes has been a huge hit with LeoVegas players who love the game’s unique features including the endless win lines,” said Fantasma Games CEO Fredrik Johansson. “Now that the game is live on Microgaming’s renowned platform, we are confident that this will be very popular amongst both operators and players and we are really excited to see our game gain momentum.”
Microgaming director of global operations James Buchanan said: “We are delighted to add Flower Fortunes – Megaways to our industry-leading portfolio of diverse content, and supply our customers with even greater choice.
“Featuring striking visuals, an energetic atmosphere and engaging features, including the popular Megaways mechanic, Flower Fortunes – Megaways launches exclusively to our customers and joins a wealth of engaging and entertaining casino games on Microgaming’s platform.”
Hacksaw Gaming has launched its portfolio of games with operator Videoslots.
Through an integration with Relax Gaming’s platform, the supplier has initially rolled out games such as Happy Scratch, King Treasure and SCRATCH! Bronze, with further games to be launched over the coming weeks.
“This latest deal with Hacksaw Gaming marks yet another step forward in our journey to become the biggest and best online casino operator,” said Videoslots head of casino William Ahlberg. “The quality of its portfolio is clear for everybody to see and their wide variety of offerings are a welcome addition to Videoslots.com. Our players are sure to be as happy about the news as we are.”
Hacksaw Gaming chief operating officer Marcus Cordes added: “Our journey seems to be going from strength to strength and we are very excited to see our portfolio going live on Videoslots casino library over the next few weeks.
“The popularity and level of excellence Videoslots have achieved over the past years is no secret, so having partnered up with another strong operator within the industry is a step in the right direction into reaching our goal, which is to become one of the leading scratch card providers out there.”
OneTouch’s Lucky Lion
OneTouch is taking players to the Far East with its Asian-themed slot Lucky Lion.
Set in a foreboding Chinese temple, the reels feature symbols including firecrackers, dragons and lanterns, with cabbage symbols, believed to bring hundreds of years of wealth, acting as wilds.
The 5x3 slot features a wheel bonus feature, where every prize is multiplied by the bet amount, as well as a dynamic free spins feature with themed scatter symbols.
The slot also contains cascading reels with winning symbols blown away from the reels and symbols above cascading to grant another chance for additional wins.
“Lucky Lion is a thrilling new addition to our slot portfolio, and one of our most feature-rich slot titles to date,” said OneTouch head of marketing Ollie Castleman. “With its immersive soundtrack and elegantly designed symbols, Lucky Lion will have players roaring with success, and our mobile-first technology means it can be experienced on the go, anywhere, anytime.”
Pariplay’s King of the Trident
Poseidon’s underwater kingdom awaits players in Pariplay’s latest slot release King of the Trident.
The game has a unique 3x3, 2x6 reel layout that offers players 972 ways to win. Accompanying underwater voyagers is a colorful cast of creatures, including dolphins, seahorses and octopuses, as well as mermaids and Poseidon himself.
The slot includes the supplier’s newly developed Giant Re-Spin feature, which is triggered when each of the first three reels land with lit backgrounds, after which they merge into one giant reel. Reels 4 and 5 will also continue to spin to help form winning combinations.
“We have now implemented a schedule that will deliver twice-monthly game releases, including King of The Trident, which follows hot on the heels of Gold’orado,” said Pariplay commercial and marketing director Richard Mintz.
“The King of the Trident game also continues our commitment to sending players on unique gameplay adventures, which in this case means diving into Poseidon’s kingdom and taking advantage of our Giant Re-Spin feature.
Booming Games’ Booming Circus
Booming Games has expanded its portfolio of slots with the launch of newest game release Booming Circus.
“Booming Games’ latest high volatility slot takes to the stage in this epic circus themed game,” said Booming Games director of product Shane Cotter. “The player needs to spell clown on the reels to trigger Free Spins.
“Look out for the cannons firing out random Wild Reels. Combine them with random multiplier wilds to win a lot more than a stuffed toy. This game is jam-packed with fun circus-antics, and is sure to appeal both to your entertainment players and your high rollers alike.”